You can now buy moonshine before you climb aboard a plane at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, 95 miles south of Charlotte.
Anderson-based Palmetto Distillery – the first outfit in South Carolina to make legal moonshine – opened the 500-square-foot retail store beyond a TSA checkpoint, next to the Dunkin’ Donuts.
Started by brothers Trey and Bryan Boggs in 2011, Palmetto Distillery sells whiskey and five flavors of moonshine made with real fruit: original white lightning flavor, strawberry, peach, blackberry and apple pie.
The two brothers are descendants of moonshiners and say they’re “passionate about preserving the heritage and traditions of this Southern way of life.” The moonshine is pure clear spirit, bottled right out of a bootlegger-made copper still, with just corn whiskey as the taste profile.
“All of Palmetto Distillery’s products are crafted from original recipes and mash bills passed down for over 100 years. At its core, Palmetto Distillery is dedicated to preserving the methods and traditions of those historic moonshiners who came before them,” said a statement from the company. The only difference, say the brothers, is now the government is getting its share in taxes.
Trey Boggs notes the company’s brand of white lightning can be mixed with almost anything, and makes a good replacement for vodka in some cocktails. “But the best way to enjoy all of Palmetto Moonshine’s flavors is straight from the jar!” he said.
Prices range from $19.99 to about $75, including a four-pack of sample size portions of moonshine.